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Yamaha 2013 Stage Custom Birch Snare Drum  

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        An all birch snare drum that provides a cutting, rich, low-end tone

        The finely crafted Stage Custom Birch Snare Drum delivers great sensitivity, attack, and depth. These drums are 100 percent Birch, which offers a cutting low-end sound, and a wide tuning range. With Yamaha's famous Air-Seal Shell System, that ensures the shell is always in round, you can count on the great tonal quality Yamaha demands.

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        Yamaha2013 Stage Custom Birch Snare Drum
         
        4.5

        (based on 13 reviews)

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        83%

        of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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        • Great sound (4)
        • Responsive (4)
        • Sensitive (4)

        Cons

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            Most Liked Positive Review

             

            Exceptional Snare Quality for a Respectable Price

            This snare is exactly what a beginner to intermediate percusionist is looking for as an upgrade from their first snare. It is the perfect mid-level snare that delievers on all fields and is surely...Read complete review

            This snare is exactly what a beginner to intermediate percusionist is looking for as an upgrade from their first snare. It is the perfect mid-level snare that delievers on all fields and is surely enough incentive for the young aspiring drummer want to wear it down imediately for the enjoyment it will bring. Great job Yamaha and thank you Musicians Friend for selling at such a resonable price!
            This snare has the exceptional tone of what one would hear when thinking of a snare. It is crisp yet has body to the tone. The throw off is just about as simple as it gets and the finish (Natural Wood) is gorgeous complementing my wine red drumset. I myself purchased the 5.5" by 14" and have not looked back since. This is a great "all-around" snare for a musician who dabs in a full array of genres.
            I have not complaints to Yamaha. This snare is solid from what I have seen over the past 2 months of owning. From what I've learned about snares so far is that: the sound produced is the most important part of the instrument. That being said, the Yamaha Stage Custom Birch Snare delivers in full.
            I was blown away by the item recieved compared to the price tag attached. Granted I have only been playing drums two years though I felt this was an apporopriate upgrade from my orignal snare that came along with my poplar Pulse drum set. This snare was worthy of tears once I tuned it to my style and let myself get aquainted with it.

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            For the value you could do better

            I picked up a 2013 Stage Custom Birch drum kit at the close-out sale when they were getting ready for the 2014 model. The kit came with this snare drum.

            The...Read complete review

            I picked up a 2013 Stage Custom Birch drum kit at the close-out sale when they were getting ready for the 2014 model. The kit came with this snare drum.

            The drum is nicely made - the finish is very nice, the inside is sealed and the bearing edges are perfect. The strainer is terrible, and I replaced it with a DW model. Being an 8 lug drum, tightening the thin hoops made me nervous, so I replaced the top hoop with a 2.3mm.

            I put an Evans Hazy 200 on the snare side, and after trying various heads from Remo, Aquarian, and Evans G1, G2, a coated Reverse Power Dot, I found the RPD afforded the broadest tuning range, had the greatest sensitivity, and allowed for some ring without sounding like a can ringing (the G2 sounded like a can without a studio ring).

            There's nothing wrong with this drum, but if I was going to put up a C-note and a half, there are others I'd go for first. For example, the 2014 Stage Custom Birch snare is less and has ten lugs. For the same, you could get the Steel Stage Custom snare (14x6.5. 10 lugs). Personally though, for the exact same S150 I'd get the Pork Pie Little Squealer in steel 14x6 (10 lugs as well).

            Don't get me wrong, if you've already got this drum, new heads will make it work fine. A new strainer and heavier rims will make it great. But for the same dough you can do better.

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            2.0

            For the value you could do better

            By GCH

            from Washington, DC

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            Pros

            • Adequate Responsiveness
            • Good sound

            Cons

            • Only 8 Lugs
            • Terrible Strainer
            • Thin Hoops

            Best Uses

              Comments about Yamaha 2013 Stage Custom Birch Snare Drum:

              I picked up a 2013 Stage Custom Birch drum kit at the close-out sale when they were getting ready for the 2014 model. The kit came with this snare drum.

              The drum is nicely made - the finish is very nice, the inside is sealed and the bearing edges are perfect. The strainer is terrible, and I replaced it with a DW model. Being an 8 lug drum, tightening the thin hoops made me nervous, so I replaced the top hoop with a 2.3mm.

              I put an Evans Hazy 200 on the snare side, and after trying various heads from Remo, Aquarian, and Evans G1, G2, a coated Reverse Power Dot, I found the RPD afforded the broadest tuning range, had the greatest sensitivity, and allowed for some ring without sounding like a can ringing (the G2 sounded like a can without a studio ring).

              There's nothing wrong with this drum, but if I was going to put up a C-note and a half, there are others I'd go for first. For example, the 2014 Stage Custom Birch snare is less and has ten lugs. For the same, you could get the Steel Stage Custom snare (14x6.5. 10 lugs). Personally though, for the exact same S150 I'd get the Pork Pie Little Squealer in steel 14x6 (10 lugs as well).

              Don't get me wrong, if you've already got this drum, new heads will make it work fine. A new strainer and heavier rims will make it great. But for the same dough you can do better.

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              4.0

              Surprisingly great sound

              By GCH

              from Washington, DC

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              Pros

              • Great Sound
              • Huge Tone
              • Responsive
              • Sensitive

              Cons

              • Strainer

              Best Uses

                Comments about Yamaha 2013 Stage Custom Birch Snare Drum:

                I've had a Ludwig Supraphonic snare for 3 decades and love it. I picked up a SCB kit a while ago, and this snare came with it.

                I must say that I like the warmth of the birch compared to the steel drum - not to say the steel is bad, but the Yamaha has a great sound.

                The Supraphonic is the most sensitive snare drum I've ever played, and this isn't quite as sensitive. After trying a number of different head combinations, my particular Yamaha snare exibits the most sensitivity with an Evans hazy 200 and an Evans G2 on top.

                Being a cheaper drum this has 8 lugs instead of 10, but I don't think that makes a dime's worth of difference and 8 lugs makes positioning it in the snare basket easier.

                My only complaint is the strainer, which is cheesy, sloppy, and binds up. I replaced it with a DW magnetic strainer. This took some elongation of the holes, so there's no going back, not that I'd want to. The factory strainer is horrible.

                Were it not for that strainer, however, I'd give it 5 stars.

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                5.0

                great little snare

                By drumhead

                from delano.ca

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                Pros

                • Great Sound
                • Great Sounding Snare Alot
                • Huge Tone
                • Responsive
                • Sensitive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Need A Better Head

                Best Uses

                • Nice For Up To Date Music
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues
                • Soundtracks

                Comments about Yamaha 2013 Stage Custom Birch Snare Drum:

                real nice snare for the money. got lots of pop to it.

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                5.0

                This snare is awesome!

                By Spectragsr

                from Fort Myers FL

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Great Sound
                • Responsive
                • Sensitive

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Mainstream
                • Rock

                Comments about Yamaha 2013 Stage Custom Birch Snare Drum:

                This Yamaha 5.5 X 14" snare is an excellent value. I am very impressed with the build quality and sound of this snare. It easily exceeds quality I have seen in drums at twice this price. Right out of the box it was ready to go, only had to do minimal tweaking to get it tuned up. Snare is bright and crisp and very sensitive. I attribute this primarily to the all birch shell which is well made. The fit and finish is very good and the natural finish is beautiful. Yamaha's chrome plating is fantastic. Really great value!

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                5.0

                Updating my previous review...more, info

                By DrumrPete

                from central Illinois

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                Pros

                • EVERYTHING
                • Great Sound

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Yamaha 2013 Stage Custom Birch Snare Drum:

                  After using this 10" snare for a while now, I have really warmed up to the high pitched tuning I gave it (on recommendation of a pro drummer). The cool thing is that the bassist in my primary band, a 60's trio, actually commented on how much he likes the sound. My wife also said that my "drums" sound better lately, but can't say why. I am guessing it the bigger contrast between the high and low pitched drums I'm using.

                  Now these comments are about my main band, not the low volume coffeehouse type gigs I often play or fill in on. I can use this snare in any of my situations with confidence, I love that!

                  I tune it high, and put a tiny piece of moongel or a dead ringer on it for the quiet gigs, as it is a bit ringy. Usually, on the regular gigs, I wind up removing the damping.

                  Hitting the drum dead center does NOT ring, the further off center I go, changes the ringy tones and sustain. Makes for easily changing the nuances at will.

                  I can't say enough about this cheap little snare, Yamaha rules!

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                  4.0

                  A good snare, at an excellent price

                  By DrumrPete

                  from central Illinois

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                  Pros

                  • Responsive
                  • Sensitive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Accompaniment
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Yamaha 2013 Stage Custom Birch Snare Drum:

                    Just bought the 10" version of this snare and a Yamaha mount, at a great price. I mount it off my high hat and use as my main snare for small venues. The tuning range is all over the place, in a good way.

                    It's a little "boxy" sounding to me, but then I imagine most of this size are and I'm still experimenting with the tuning to work that out. It has a nice ring to it that I really like, but it's not good for the gigs I'm doing with it. No fault of the drum though. When I muffle it down with a small piece of moon gel, it kills the tone a bit too much, but it's better for what I need. It matches up great with my Satin Natural Gretsch Jazz kit.

                    Excellent throw off system, well built, solid, a bit heavier than I expected...not a bad thing.

                    I highly recommend this thing for my type of use, or as a side snare.

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                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Nice drum (14x5.5)

                    By sam bert

                    from Undisclosed

                    Comments about Yamaha 2013 Stage Custom Birch Snare Drum:

                    The 14x5.5 snare in natural wood is a beautiful drum. The laquered birch and chrome hardware looks wonderful. Acoustically, this snare is bright, ringy, articulate, with cracking rim shots. Thus, it is most suited for medium-high tuning range or tighter. I know this snare is advertised as being "warm" and a well-rounded snare, but this snare will not sound warm and fat no matter how low you try and tune it. Thus: if you want bright and ringy and a nice crack-this is a great snare. If you want a fat, warm snare, try a 6.5 depth maple or brass shell.
                    Comes with a muffling ring, but I don't use it.
                    For the price, this snare is built well. The strainer is awesome; the lugs are beautiful. Snares are good. The shell is pretty nice too. The bearing edges weren't high-end quality, but good enough.
                    A good value for a middle-level snare.

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Exceptional Snare Quality for a Respectable Price

                    By Kylecam22

                    from Toledo, Oregon

                    Comments about Yamaha 2013 Stage Custom Birch Snare Drum:

                    This snare is exactly what a beginner to intermediate percusionist is looking for as an upgrade from their first snare. It is the perfect mid-level snare that delievers on all fields and is surely enough incentive for the young aspiring drummer want to wear it down imediately for the enjoyment it will bring. Great job Yamaha and thank you Musicians Friend for selling at such a resonable price!
                    This snare has the exceptional tone of what one would hear when thinking of a snare. It is crisp yet has body to the tone. The throw off is just about as simple as it gets and the finish (Natural Wood) is gorgeous complementing my wine red drumset. I myself purchased the 5.5" by 14" and have not looked back since. This is a great "all-around" snare for a musician who dabs in a full array of genres.
                    I have not complaints to Yamaha. This snare is solid from what I have seen over the past 2 months of owning. From what I've learned about snares so far is that: the sound produced is the most important part of the instrument. That being said, the Yamaha Stage Custom Birch Snare delivers in full.
                    I was blown away by the item recieved compared to the price tag attached. Granted I have only been playing drums two years though I felt this was an apporopriate upgrade from my orignal snare that came along with my poplar Pulse drum set. This snare was worthy of tears once I tuned it to my style and let myself get aquainted with it.

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                    5.0

                    Good snare

                    By n007ism

                    from Montpelier Idaho

                    Comments about Yamaha 2013 Stage Custom Birch Snare Drum:

                    Great snare for size and sound. It'll be what your looking for. It's a very crisp sounding snare and it's fantastically priced. I mounted this snare in between the high tom and the mid tom, and with a cymbal stand. I've loved it since I took it out of the package!

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                    5.0

                    For the money can't be beat

                    By Poorrichard51

                    from Morganton N.C.

                    Comments about Yamaha 2013 Stage Custom Birch Snare Drum:

                    I purchased the 14"x5.5" natural wood to use as my primary snare. After changing the heads and tuning the drum the warm deep tones and crisp snare sound were amazing for a drum of this price. Using a 14"x6.5" chrome snare since 1985 I was somewhat skeptical about trying this drum. Delighted I made this choice and my bandmates were very surprised at the rich tones.

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